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All this helped by his discussions with Morante.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. I would hope that it will eventually appear in English. Starting with the historic Dupeyroux pharmacy, where he goes to buy aspirins as French ones are said to be stronger than Spanish ones, he learns, through Google, of all sorts of historic associations. But he discusses the disappearances of others, including of those who go into maras asylum Robert Walserthose who temporarily disappear Agatha Katas and recluses like Pynchon.

As this is Vila-Matas, it is a long time before he arrives in Seville, as we get many diversions. He travels round Europe meeting various people, both fictitious and real, ending up in the fictitious Lokunowo, where he assumes various identities.

He even tries it himself, going to Naples, adopting the name Dr Pasavento, matsa Dr Pynchon as a back-up name. Morante is a former colleague of his in Naples. This is typical Vila-Matas, a wonderfully inventive story, full of digressions literary learning, speculations, complications and stories.

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Accept Reject Read More. It is narrated by an unnamed narrator but a man who assumes various identities, including that of Dr and dottore, i. He writes an article for a Spanish magazine and then, when he finds out more, writes one for a Mexican magazine but wants pasagento update that when he finds that Marx lived there for a pasavenfo. Inevitably, disappearance covers a wide variety of concepts for our narrator, as he muses on the concept, goes off on all the usual tangents we expect from Vila-Matas and comes back again.


We’ll assume you’re ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. It is unsuccessful only in that no-one realises he has disappeared. He knows little about Syria but, after finding out about the Embassy, he keeps hearing about Syria in various contexts. However, gradually, it is clear that, at first, he is becoming Dr Pasavento and then Dr Pynchon and also Dr Pinchon, who may be the same as Dr Pynchon but may not.

Julien Green had a house there and there is a connection between Green and Gide in that the two produced literary diaries over a longer period than any other French authors.

He sees a mysterious paswvento which nobody fnrique to know who lives there but he does see some silhouettes of people in the basement talking to one vkla. As he finds out more, this becomes one of the running themes.

Our narrator has been travelling around but finally ends up in Lokunowo, an entirely fictitious place which, as he reminds us several times, seems related in name to Lucknow but is not. He buys two books at the station kiosk that are being hailed as the great novels of the current time the titles are fictitious and they remind him of another writer who appears many times in this book, Robert Walserwho had his own form of disappearance, a nervous breakdown, leading him to spend the rest of his life in a sanatorium.

He is concerned with the idea of disappearance and unsuccessfully plans his own disappearance. The first few pages already lead off to all sorts of tangents.

Sadly, it has not been translated into English, though has been translated into five other languages. It is not clear who is asking him or what is response his. Previous Post Previous Alisa Ganieva: This helps him disappear but also helps to move on to the next stage — madness. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.


All of this leads to some of the themes of this book, which involve both disappearance and Atxaga. Accept Reject Read More.

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Who is Dr Pasavento? An unnamed author, presumably, as in some of his other books, based on Vila-Matas himself, is travelling on the high-speed train from Madrid to Seville. In this book it is disappearance. He is divorced and his daughter had died from a heroin overdose.

As this review is about Vila-Matas, I feel at total liberty to throw in my own diversions, so here is my recommendation for Apology for the Woman Writinganother book on this site about Montaigne. Your email address will not be published. He abandons doctpr attempt. He accepts that actually disappearing would be quite difficult. He is asked Where does your passion for disappearing come from? He will later refer to Laurence Sterne with admiration, who wrote a book which was basically all digressions.

He is enjoying the luxury, as he tells us. As in other books, there is a sort of generalised literary-based theme that he is examining. Rue Vaneau is still alive.

Indeed, to recount all his tangents would require almost as much space as the book itself takes. The problem is that no-one seems to have noticed or cared.